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And Francis makes five - Atterwill family welcomes fifth generation

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 January 2017

The five generations of Atterwill boys. These are Great Great Grandfather Leslie (88), Great Grandfather David (64), Grandfather Roger (46), Father Sean (24) and baby Francis

The five generations of Atterwill boys. These are Great Great Grandfather Leslie (88), Great Grandfather David (64), Grandfather Roger (46), Father Sean (24) and baby Francis

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While people are living longer than ever, it is still pretty rare to find five generations of the same family alive at the same time - and even rarer to be all still living within a few miles of each other.

Great Great Granparents Leslie and Olive Atterwill with baby Francis. Great Great Granparents Leslie and Olive Atterwill with baby Francis.

But little Francis Atterwill can boast not only grandparents, and great grandparents, but a set of great great grandparents as well.

All five generations got together to celebrate the birth of Francis and expressed their delight at the family’s latest arrival.

Great great grandparents Leslie and Olive Atterwill, who live in Gressenhall, celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary this year.

Great grandparents David and Valerie live in Swanton Morley, as do grandparents Roger and Helen.

Five generations of Atterwill wives/partners - Great Great Grandmother Olive, Great Grandmother Valerie, Grandmother Helen, Mother Charlotte and baby Francis Five generations of Atterwill wives/partners - Great Great Grandmother Olive, Great Grandmother Valerie, Grandmother Helen, Mother Charlotte and baby Francis

Parents Sean Atterwill and Charlotte Matthews, and baby Francis, live just up the road in Corpusty,

Leslie, 88, said they were thrilled about having another generation come along.

“What a marvellous thing for the whole family,” he said. “Having a baby in the family helps to keep us all young”.

Proud grandfather Roger said the fifth Atterwill boy made him think about the past and future.

“Francis’s great great grandmother Olive used to deliver telegrams on her bicycle during WWII,” he said.

“Apparently the lady at the post office used to tell Olive what was in the telegram so that when she visited the recipient’s house she could ask them to sit down and stay with them a while to console them if it was bad news such as a husband or son killed in action. What a terrible responsibility for a young girl.

“Nowadays we can see and talk to someone on the other side of the world in an instant using a mobile phone or the internet.

“If Francis is lucky enough he could see the 22nd century. I wonder what changes he will see in that time? The possibilities are endless.”

* Do you have five or more generations in your family? Email kathryn.cross@archant.co.uk

Can you name one of your great grandparents?

If you can’t, you are not alone.

In fact, according to a survey carried out by the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live team almost half of those questioned (44 per cent) can’t name a single one of their great grandparents, and only 11 per cent could name all eight of them.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live, the world’s largest family history show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from April 6 to 8.

To find out more about what the show offers and to book tickets visit www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com

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